Updated: Mar 23
THERE are only a limited number of tables left for the first PFC Trust fundraising gala, with organisers urging partners in the community to help more people in Hartlepool and the surrounding area.
The black-tie event at Hartlepool College of Further Education is being described by the Trust as “the finest GALA Hartlepool has seen” with key sponsors Aston Martin, Boodles Jewellers and Brewin Dolphin Financial Services already on board to make Saturday, April 23rd extra special.
Patrick and Frances Connolly, who set up the charity after winning the EuroMillions lottery in 2019, want everyone to turn up wearing a splash of green or blue on the night to represent the couple’s childhood in Ireland and adulthood in Hartlepool.
Frances said: “A lot of the groups who have benefitted from us want to give something back. The whole idea behind this gala is that everyone has the right to help and support people within the community. It is another opportunity to show Hartlepool people how much generosity and community spirit is actually out there. Just recently we brought Rebel Business School to town – the first charity to do so. This provided the opportunity for over 30 potential new businesses and that has followed all of the other incredible work the PFC Trust has achieved so far.”
Many of the companies located in the BIS, Whitby Street, which have been helped by the PFC Trust, are getting involved. Different businesses there are creating invitations and decor, while the College is producing a picture quiz and a local dance school will provide some of the entertainment.
Volunteers from organisations such as HartlePower and the Dodgeball Centre – who have had support from the charity - will be on hand to make the night run smoothly too.
There are still local sponsorship options available for food, drinks and a table for the emergency services and charitable organisations. The gala is all geared towards building on the incredible £400,000 that the charity has already invested in supporting local people. With this in mind, there will be an exclusive raffle held for both those in attendance and for those not able to attend the event itself. The top prize of a £6,000 ladies Rolex watch is just one of many prizes including mini-breaks, a bottle of luxury perfume each month for a year, a number of football shirts including Cristiano Ronaldo’s and a variety of premium branded items.
Frances said: “We are the only Hartlepool-based funder and the work we have done already has been fantastic. We are expanding now and we are asking for partners in the community to help and support the work we do in the town. The gala is aimed at the companies who have done well out of Hartlepool, but we also realise not everyone can attend so we will hold a raffle. Anyone who supports us can buy a ticket to win some unbelievable prizes. We are asking the community at large to help.”
*If you would like to make a booking to attend the event, obtain more information on sponsorship, or donate to the PFC Trust, then contact:
Phone: 07942 207499